Echinacea laevigata, Smooth-leaved Coneflower.
Echinacea leavigata, Smooth-leaved Coneflower is very similar to Echinacea purpurea, but is nearly glabrous, has narrower leaves, is rarely branched, and has a bifid (forked) tap root. The ray flowers are somewhat longer and narrower than those of Echinacea purpurea. It is a Federally-listed endangered species known from about two dozen populations in Appalachia. The specimens depicted here are propagated from seed and cultivated.
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